You are viewing an archived web page captured at 15:12:14 Jan 01, 2022, which is part of the National Records of Scotland Web Archive. The information on this web page may be out of date. See all captures of this archived page. Archived web pages you visit here may leave cookies in your browser. These are not owned, controlled, or used by NRS. NRS do use cookies, including Google Analytics, to monitor site usage and performance. These can be managed in your browser settings. Find out more about cookies.
Loading media information

Coronavirus in Scotland

To help protect yourself and others this winter:

Information and support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Scotland


Staying safe - including advice for the festive period


Follow the rules and guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 - includes advice for the festive period.

Face coverings

By law you should still wear a face covering in most indoor public places. 

Getting tested and self-isolating


For advice on self-isolation, including when you should self-isolate and how long you need to self-isolate for, please visit this NHS Inform webpage.

Travel and quarantine


If you are travelling to Scotland from abroad (international travel)

Find out the rules on travelling to Scotland, and check if a country is on the red list.

If you are travelling to Scotland from other parts of the UK

Travel is allowed between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

If you are travelling to a Scottish island

​​​​If you are travelling to a Scottish island you are advised to take a covid test before doing so.

Vaccine, including booster vaccinations, and vaccine certificates


Find out about the vaccine, including the booster and third dose vaccinations, on the NHS Inform website.

Covid certification scheme (covid passports)

If you are attending certain venues and events you will need to provide proof of:

  • vaccination - or
  • a negative test within the last 24 hours

You can download the NHS Scotland Covid Status app or get a paper record of your vaccine status from NHS Inform.

Check the vaccine certification scheme guidance for businesses and event organisers and for customers.

Businesses and workplaces (including hospitality guidance)


Over these coming winter months, to help reduce transmission, you should work from home if possible.

Some employers have already been working with employees and unions to plan a gradual return to offices and other places of work. However at this time, given the uncertainty around the Omicron COVID-19 variant, employers are being encouraged to support a greater degree of working from home than pre-COVID-19 and businesses should consider at this time whether staff need to be in an office at all.

All businesses and workplaces should follow the safer businesses and workplaces guidance. This replaces most of the previous sector-specific guidance.

There is also guidance for specific sectors, including:

Hospitality support

See: information on funding support for businesses in the hospitality sector who have lost bookings during December 2021 and January 2022.

You can get information on support available to your business at the Find Business Support website

Places of worship


Schools, universities, education and childcare


Guidance is available to help reduce the risk in:

Information for parents and carers is on the Parent Club website.

Information for students is on the Student Information Scotland website

Covid response: strategy and evidence


First Minister updates and statements

Strategic Framework

Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Strategic Framework set out our strategic approach to suppress the virus to the lowest possible level while we strive to return to a more normal life. 

The document has been updated since it was first published in October 2020:

Coronavirus advisory groups

Covid recovery


The Covid recovery strategy helps those who have been most affected by the pandemic, where the unequal impacts have worsened pre-existing inequalities. It will bolster the actions in the:

  • NHS recovery plan - sets out commitments that will support recovery over the next five years, supported by the implementation of improvements and new models of care
  • Education recovery plan – sets out action taken to address the impacts on children and young people, and the next steps to support learners
  • Justice recovery plan - published March 2021 - leading to increased criminal court capacity, alongside mitigating measures already introduced during the pandemic. We will publish a new justice strategy reflecting the focus on recovery

All COVID-19 advice and guidance

See all coronavirus advice and guidance.